MILFORD — Down to its final at-bat, Camden-Wyoming’s Senior League softball all-star team rallied for five runs to shock host Milford Wednesday night and capture the Delaware District I title.
Alexis Herrmann singled to center to bring home Bre Polk for the winning run in the top of the seventh and Camden-Wyoming, which added some insurance later in the frame, kept Milford scoreless in its trip to the plate for a 14-12 victory.
The win advanced Camden-Wyoming to Saturday’s state championship tournament in Felton, where it will meet the District II (New Castle County north of Middletown). Whichever team wins the double-elimination tourney will advance to the East Regional in Worcester, Mass., one step away from the Senior League Softball World Series.
Winning pitcher Madison Carroll singled to lead off the top of the seventh and after advancing to third on a pair of wild pitches scored on Hunter Lord’s infield base hit to make it 12-10. From there, Camden-Wyoming loaded the bases with one out before Sheyann Burkham hit a shot down the third baseline that was misplayed and allowed two runs to score to knot the contest.
After falling behind 9-0 in the first inning, Camden-Wyoming, which early in the evening defeated Milford 12-1 to force the winner-take-all game, continued to chip away at the deficit.
Trailing 12-4 through four innings in game two, Camden-Wyoming pushed four runs across in the top of the fifth and added another run in the sixth to set the stage for the seventh inning comeback.
Carroll, who went the distance in the six-inning mercy rule shortened first game, came on in relief at the end of Milford’s early second contest rally and limited the damage. The all-star kept Milford scoreless in its final four at-bats.